The concept of wisdom may be younger than you think, dating back only to the 1970s. Join hosts Robert Boland, MD, and Kerry Horrell, PhD, on this episode of Mind Dive podcast as they speak with Dilip Jeste, MD, one of the most prolific researchers on the topic of wisdom. Join the conversation as the great questions of wisdom are explored, including “Can you measure it?” and “Do we really become wiser with age?”
“We teach the facets of reading, writing and arithmetic, but not how someone can fully understand another’s emotions through empathy, compassion, self-compassion, self-reflection and emotional regulation,” said Dr. Jeste. “These factors make us happy and contented — the most important thing in our lives. If we make it a habit to work on this, I do believe in society’s capacity to change for the better.”
Dr. Jeste is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist who specializes in successful aging and the neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. He most recently served as the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Jeste was also the Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging and Co-Director of the UC San Diego Center on Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living.
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